Saint Leo Veterans Explain What They Learned from Military Service
For Veterans Day, several military veterans in the Saint Leo University community weigh in on the life lessons they learned in their military service.
Military service can come in a variety of forms. Some individuals only serve for a year or two, while others make it a lifelong journey. Some serve stateside and others serve multiple deployments all over the world.
However, the one commonality among military veterans is that they all walk away with life lessons from their experience of serving their nation. We recently asked a wide range of military veterans who are members of the Saint Leo University community to explain what they learned from their military service.
- Masciel Irizarry, a Saint Leo student in the MBA in Healthcare Management program, served in the Navy from 2010 to 2014 as an E5
- Cyretha Wiley, a student in Saint Leo's Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program, was an Army staff sergeant during her 22-year military service in both the Army and Army Reserves
- Ernest "Luke" McClees, Jr., director of Saint Leo University's Office of Military Affairs and Services, served from 1995 to 1999 in the Marine Corps as an E5
- Dr. Pamela Lee, director of Saint Leo's MBA program and associate professor of management since 2011, was a lieutenant commander in the Navy and served from 1989 to 1998
- Beverly Jones, a master's in human services administration student at Saint Leo, was an Army staff sergeant whose military service spanned 30 years and four days
- John Gans, an MBA in Human Resource Management graduate student, was an Army sergeant first class E7 who worked in human resources and served for over two decades
- Pam Blair, who has worked for Saint Leo for over 23 years and is currently the executive assistant to the vice president of Academic Affairs, served in the Army from 1982 to 1988 and was a chaplain's assistant as both a corporal and specialist
- Christopher Starnes, a Doctor of Criminal Justice degree program student at Saint Leo University,, worked as an Army Ranger and was a sergeant E5 during his four-year military service in the early 1990s before joining the Florida National Guard
- Dr. Angela Manos, an assistant professor of criminal justice in Saint Leo University's Center for Online Learning, spent 32 years serving in the Army as a military police officer among other roles
- John Mouw, who is the station manager and engineer for Saint Leo's WLSL 92.7 FM, served from 1969 to 1975 and was a Navy petty officer third class and worked as an aviation electronics technician
- Brianna Holman, a student in Saint Leo's Bachelor of Social Work degree program, served as a medic as an E4 senior airman in the Air Force from 2013 to 2018